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December
12 more public libraries get Multimedia Information System
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Twelve more libraries have been installed with the bilingual Multimedia Information System (MMIS).

This brings to 25 the number of libraries that provide access to the system. Readers can either come into one of the libraries to access the system or they can log on from home - and now they can also access the system via their personal computers until midnight from Thursday to Monday.

Through the system, readers can access over 90,000 audio-visual and CD-ROM items and more than 1.8 million digitised images and documents, such as back issues of Hong Kong newspapers and clippings, programmes for cultural and arts performances, posters, maps, photos, books and manuscripts, as well as about 80 online reference resources covering various topics.

Developed by Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the system is the world's largest Chinese and English information system and it has proved popular with the public since it was introduced in 2001.

The 12 libraries recently installed with MMIS are:
* Hong Kong Island: the Hong Kong Central Library, Lockhart Road Public Library, City Hall Public Library, Shek Tong Tsui Public Library, Quarry Bay Public Library, Chai Wan Public Library and Aberdeen Public Library;
* Kowloon district: Kowloon Public Library, Fa Yuen Street Public Library, Yau Ma Tei Public Library, Lai Chi Kok Public Library, Po On Road Public Library, To Kwa Wan Public Library, San Po Kong Public Library, Ngau Chi Wan Public Library, Ngau Tau Kok Public Library and Shui Wo Street Public Library; and
* New Territories: Sha Tin Public Library, Tsuen Wan Public Library, Tuen Mun Public Library, Tsing Yi Public Library, Tseung Kwan O Public Library, Fanling Public Library, Sheung Shui Public Library and Tin Shui Wai Public Library.

The system was installed at 13 other libraries in April.

Readers can also use the MMIS at home through the Internet from 9am to midnight from Thursday to Monday and on public holidays; from 9am to 9pm on Tuesday; and from 1pm to 9pm on Wednesday.

Users can also reserve the use of audio and video materials, CD-ROM databases, CD-ROMs for children and libraries' MMIS workstations through the Internet.

For further information, visit the libraries website at http://hkclweb.hkpl.gov.hk or the above public libraries. Enquiries can be made on 3150 1234.

Ends/Monday, December 1, 2003
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